Wednesday, October 13, 2010
So last week, I bashed the crap out of what is essentially a rip-off of an old Boney M tune. Gotta be honest that I won't back off that review. I have a ton of DJ buddies and producers here in Boston that I talked to about that track, and they were all in agreement. Not good. Well, I got a polite but contentious e-mail forwarded to me about the somewhat negative review about the "remix" of the tune. I won't go into detail, but this week's track is sort of a way to show how to be genuine about how you portray a song.
A remix? Is a unique interpretation of a song that you have. It's not using the majority of the original - with minor tweaks that anyone with access to Logic, Ableton, etc. has - and slapping an acapella over it. I was just listening to a Derrick Carter set where he played a remix of an old Bjork tune, and thought to myself, "Now this is what a remix is." I'm not bashing those tunes. There is a talent in making them. But what separates a proper remix from a bootleg or mash-up is pretty cut and dry, in my opinion.
The track today sort of exemplifies this. It doesn't take itself seriously, and it's presented as a mash-up. Now, I have to be clear that not all mash-ups are good. This one, however, is one I liked. A lot. The fact that there is a video accompaniment? Makes it that much more clear how seriously the kid took this project. So fans of The Beatles, The Kinks, and/or LCD Soundsystem? You should check this one out. It was done a couple of years back by a guy that goes by the name FAROFF. And hey, if you're in the San Fran area? Go check him out Saturday, October 23rd. I bet you'd hear lots of goodies like this one.
Download FAROFF - The Brits Are Playing At My House
And you really need to check the video. It's damned cool. A video mashup, of sorts.